This fall, we are excited to announce new IOAPA opportunities for middle school students in Iowa. We are rolling out several rigorous online courses intended specifically for students in grades 6-8 in order to increase access to challenging coursework for all students.
Because of the nature of the program, we have provided specific recommendations and suggestions for schools interested in implementing these courses into their middle school curriculum on our website, including options for above-level testing. In addition, we provided a series of posts throughout May and June providing one school’s perspective on IOAPA middle school courses and other helpful information to take forward when considering this program for your school. Check out our posts by clicking on the links below!
- We first covered our middle school testing recommendations for both standardized and above-level tests: Do You Have Middle School Students Interested in IOAPA?
- In May, Laurie Wyatt, the TAG coordinator at Southeast Polk Middle School, offered her insights after participating in our middle school IOAPA pilot program this year and provided suggestions on how to implement these courses within existing curriculum frameworks: Middle School IOAPA: One School’s Perspective
- Laurie Wyatt also provided information about how to address common issues that she and other faculty members encountered during their first year with the program: Middle School IOAPA: Working Through Challenges (part 1)
- Finally, we provided information about common questions and challenges encountered when presenting these courses as an option to school administrators: Middle School IOAPA: Working Through Challenges (part 2)
Interested in learning more? Check out our middle school information at belinblank.org/ioapa.